He's rich with experience in this league, though, having made nine NFL stops between 1985 and 2004, usually as a quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator, or both.

With Jay Cutler heading into the final year of his contract, maybe Trestman can be the quarterback whisperer and get the most out of him.

ROB CHUDZINSKI, Cleveland: For a coach who showed so much creativity with Cam Newton in Carolina, Chudzinski comes across as dry and by-the-book in person.

In the survey, for instance, asked what he would be doing if he weren't coaching, he wrote: "Working in a business field."

He certainly needs to get down to business with the Browns, who have made the playoffs only once since re-forming as a franchise in 1999. He hired Turner as his offensive coordinator, and has a cornerstone running back in Trent Richardson, who can shoulder much of the load on that side of the ball.

GUS BRADLEY, Jacksonville: Of the eight new coaches, Bradley is the only one with a defensive background. He was defensive coordinator the previous four years in Seattle, and has the same type of boundless enthusiasm and energy as Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll and Jon Gruden, who was head coach in Tampa Bay when Bradley was a defensive quality-control coach.

"I had a vision of how I wanted to treat people and handle players," Bradley said. "In Seattle, it was really brought together. Me and Pete are similar in personality. We're intrigued by competition, by bringing people together. It's a driving force for us."

DOUG MARRONE, Buffalo: Marrone, formerly head coach at Syracuse, was hired to replace Chan Gailey, who was fired after three consecutive losing seasons.

The line of hurdles is getting longer, as the Bills lost their top two quarterbacks to injury this summer. Kevin Kolb is out because of a potentially career-threatening concussion, and first-round pick EJ Manuel is recuperating from a surgical procedure on his knee.

Manuel returned to practice Sunday, ahead of schedule, so it looks as if the Bills won't have to turn to undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel to face New England in the opener. Still, Marrone faces an uphill struggle to return the Bills to respectability.

He feels comfortable in the NFL, though, and could adjust more quickly than some coaches who make the jump from college football. Before he was hired at Syracuse, Marrone was offensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2006 to '08. Prior to that, he was a New York Jets assistant.

"I think it was a much more difficult transition for me going from being in the NFL for seven years and going back to Syracuse," he said, "than it was for me leaving Syracuse and going back to the NFL."

BRUCE ARIANS, Arizona: Arians made history in Indianapolis last season when, in replacing cancer-stricken Chuck Pagano, he led the overlooked Colts to the playoffs and became the first interim to win NFL coach-of-the-year honors.

Now, for the first time in his 60 years, the longtime offensive architect gets a chance to be more than a stand-in head coach. So far, he doesn't sound concerned about taking over what looks to be the weakest team in the strongest division.

"It's just football," he said. "The AFC North [where Arians was offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh], I think it was as tough as there was for a long time. I don't know if it is anymore. But it reminds me a lot [of that], because we've got physical defenses, teams that like to run the ball in San Francisco and Seattle and St. Louis. Had we been like 0-20, I would be worried about it. But we just beat these teams. And so we can beat them again."

Arians has a keen sense of humor, which should help. On the survey, he was asked about the last book he read.

"The Arizona Cardinals' playbook," he wrote. "By Bruce Arians."


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